Art in the Lobby

“Ghosts” by Abby Shahn

Railroad square cinema
February 5 - March 6, 2019

I worked on these ghosts in my little studio upstairs. I could only fit so many on them on the wall, so I was piling up rest of them. I found that I liked looking at them one at a time…in a pile. That led me to think that it would be nice to make a book of them. I got Todd Watts to take some pictures of them. Then I sent the pictures to my friend Mark who is both a poet and a bookmaker. Mark took off. He wrote a poem for every ghost picture. With the pictures and the poems we had the making for a nice book. Long story short: we went ahead and did it.

Abby Shahn, 2019

“Ghosts”, gouache on paper by Abby Shahn

“Ghosts”, gouache on paper by Abby Shahn

About Art in the Lobby

The Call for Art in the Lobby 2018-19 is currently open!

Proposals should be sent to and must consist of the following:

  • Artist's full name, phone number, and email address.

  • 5 high-quality images (JPG preferred) of works proposed for exhibition.

  • Artist's statement, a brief biography, and a list of prior exhibitions (including dates) where the proposed work has been shown.

Art in the Lobby provides an opportunity for Maine visual artists of various ages, media, and styles to exhibit their work in a high-profile venue. We are committed to the promotion and incorporation of visual arts into our programs and venues, and we are excited to pursue new, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships.

Each year, a Call to Artists will be open to artists residing in Maine. All work must be original and ready to be presented in a professional manner to the public at the time of delivery.

The Maine Film Center will retain a 30% commission on all sales. All sales of works on display must go through the Maine Film Center. All sold works must remain on exhibit until the end of the show.

Artists are responsible for delivering their work to Railroad Square Cinema and picking up their work at the end of the show. The Maine Film Center will be responsible for the insurance of work on the premises, and Railroad Square Cinema is equipped with an alarm system.

The Maine Film Center will promote each exhibition via the Maine Film Center and Railroad Square Cinema websites (, Facebook pages, and various marketing materials. All press releases and marketing done by the artist must be approved by the Maine Film Center Executive Director.

Images of all selected works will be considered available for promoting both the exhibition and the Art in the Lobby program as a whole and may be used in all of Maine Film Center's marketing and communications. The Maine Film Center will host a reception for the artist at Railroad Square Cinema if the artist is interested.